When a crime occurs in Missouri -- especially a violent crime -- law enforcement officers often feel a great deal of pressure to find someone to blame and arrest. Unfortunately, this pressure can rush officials to make decisions that may not be fully supported by evidence. In fact, details regarding the alleged murder of a Missouri couple are unclear.
The incident is said to have happened on a day in early October. According to reports, the victims were celebrating their anniversary when they allegedly interrupted a robbery occurring at their home. Police say that a gunfight then occurred.
Unfortunately, the couple was killed. Their teenage children were not home at the time. One man was taken into custody soon after the alleged shooting while a second man believed to have been involved is still being sought; police consider him to be armed and dangerous. The man under arrest is being held without bail. Reports following the accident do not clarify what led police to suspect the two men.
While an unexpected death such as this is always a tragedy, making a hasty arrest could result in incorrect accusations. As a result of the suspicions they face regarding the Missouri murder victims, the two men likely have multiple, highly consequential decisions to make. Many people in such a situation often feel unprepared for these decisions, but an experienced criminal defense attorney can guide them throughout the process. Such a professional can also ensure that defendants are treated lawfully in the events leading up to and following an arrest.